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LeBron James on Dwight Howard: ‘He’s Nowhere Near Going Through What I Went Through’

It never fails. Every time LeBron James looks like he’s starting to come around and genuinely wants to become someone that the fans can root for, he makes a comment that makes him look arrogant. With Dwight Howard set to become a free agent next season and Orlando Magic fans desperately hoping he stays, it would be fair to draw a comparison between this season for Howard and two season ago for LeBron when his contract was expiring in Cleveland.  LeBron is obviously a bigger superstar than Dwight, but the situation is similar — superstar in his prime currently playing for team that desperately needs him but will have a tough time keeping him.  If you ask LeBron, however, what he went through is totally different than what Dwight is experiencing.

“No, he ain’t going through what I went through, don’t say that,” James said Wednesday before the Magic played the Heat according to the Orlando Sentinel. “He’s nowhere near going through what I went through.”

No two situations are exactly alike. LeBron’s situation was unique for a number of reasons. For one, he grew up in Akron and was beloved by the people of Ohio for more than just his Cavs career.  He promised the people of Cleveland a championship and came up just short several times.  He also strung them along and made it look like there was a chance he would return to the Cavs last season, when he knew all along he was going to take his talents to South Beach.

Howard, on the other hand, has requested a trade.  He has made it very clear that if Orlando cannot improve its team and bring in more players, he wants out. We call that honesty. Honesty is a word that may not even be in LeBron’s vocabulary.

What exactly did LeBron go through? We know he didn’t feel the need to apologize for the way things ended in Cleveland, so does he feel that he is owed an apology from the fans? There is only one way to interpret his comments about Howard: LeBron feels he was a victim throughout his final months in Cleveland.


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  • Gene

    Del, you did not do your homework here.  LeBron really wanted to stay in Cleveland and actually was begging Chris Bosh to join him there until 48 hours before the big decision.  Bosh told him he would never play in Cleveland and Le Bron finally realized to his consternation, that nobody wanted to go to Cleveland, and went, along with Bosh to join Wade in South Beach.  The media helped his decision along by comparing him to Kobe by judging strictly on the number of rings, even though Kobe won three with Shaq and two with Pao and nothing in between.

    However, I was very disappointed in the announcement program and the promise of seven plus titles for the Heat.  He also owed Dan Gilbert a courtesy text or phone call and the fans of Cleveland a big thank you and apology.  He does continue to dwell on the past instead of letting his game speak for him and I totally agree with you in that regard.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I think they have similar situations. Both guys in small markets where free agent stars don’t really want to go. They had good years and didn’t go all the way. But LeBron’s probably right — Dwight leaving Orlando is not as hate-inspiring as LeBron leaving Cleveland. He probably didn’t need to say it, though. 

  • Gene

    I tend to agree with you about the small market aspect of the situation , but the hate for LeBron only started when he left.  Howard hasn’t even left yet.  LeBron’s situation is more similar to Pujols’.   Albert has received hate in St. Louis even though he delivered two World Series titles and did not do an ESPN hour show.

    LeBron should just shut up and play hard.  He is starting to soun d more like ARod every time he opens his mouth.